Church and civil society leaders in action plea ahead of Rio Summit

By staff writers
June 7, 2012

Over 50 church and civil society leaders from all continents have called on world leaders to take decisive action for a sustainable and just world.

The joint statement comes ahead of the gathering of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ‘Rio+20’ (Rio de Janeiro, 20-22 June 2012).

A delegation of church and civil society leaders, organised by the international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE, will attend the Rio+20 talks demanding lasting changes to foster sustainable development and eradicate poverty.

“Our global system is unsustainable and unjust, but it would be a mistake to believe that slight compass adjustments will get us out of harm’s way. Instead, Rio+20 should take a new path towards equitable development and full respect of human rights, towards a truly human life for all human beings in harmony with creation,” CIDSE Secretary General Bernd Nilles commented.

* The full statement can be read here:


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